Sky would remain asleep for a month.
"Cat, one day, I want to rob a bank." Aries said. "And no, Beth, this is Cat." Aries pointed to Catina.
Tom walked through the halls, garnering the attention of many other soldiers, and the occasional Spartan. Though many of their number had been aboard the Dark Star, a counter measure acted as Samantha's personal contingency force if Highland Station was to come under attack.
Spartan Eren braced himself for what he was about to do, nervous about being around the Vulcans for too long, and decided to walk into their sanctum within the Dark Star. An honor guard stood straight, causing a uniform clang as their hammers collided with the floor. Eren took brief glances at them as he approached a Vulcan seated in a chair. The Gungnir armor sported threatening horns upon the helmet, and the bright orange was joined with a pale white, both colors blackened by war.
"Officer Ambrose, I'm here to ask you if you'd like to test something on a prototype launcher. Andy finished a very bare bones version before he left for Highland." Eren squeaked.
Finally, Tom and his two companions arrived at Samantha's office. He knocked, but the door opened to reveal her sitting calmly in her chair at the end of the room, turned to look out the window. Snow and ice coated the buildings in this complex, and the rest of the city. Having no star to be spoken of did that. Fortunately, heat was in no short supply.
She hugged a picture to her chest, and placed it back upon her desk. Within the small frame was who we all know as Grace and Beth. She then turned to face them. Her greying blonde hair showed her age, as well as her thin glasses that rested upon her nose.
"Captain Tom, what took you so long?" Samantha asked in a soft motherly tone.
"General Hunter, our slipspace drive failed, we had to drift to the nearest system, which lucky for us was populated. We laid siege to a Covenant spaceport and stole their slipspace drives, with heavy casualties. I wish we had better news, but we have multiple extra slipspace drives that our men died to retrieve." Tom said.
"We will hold a memorial service in the morning. I want to speak about your next assignment, which is to head to Kholo, but I will have the Dark Star in the best shape we can put her in before then."
"Why Kholo, ma'am?" Tom asked.
"After analyzing some data, it seems there is something there that we need to have an edge on the Covenant. Something decently big. I'll tell you later. Oh! And what is Ruby's status? I tried to prolong her life, but I'm not sure how long she has left." Samantha said.
"Ruby is fine, don't worry." Tom said.
"Okay, well, dismissed. I'm gonna analyze the logs and I'll summon you back if I have questions or concerns." Samantha said.
"Yes ma'am." Tom said, and left.